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Reads tagged with “Academy of American Poets”

Esperanza Spalding Performs William Blake’s Short Existential Poem “The Fly”
Esperanza Spalding Performs William Blake’s Short Existential Poem “The Fly”

A centuries-old, timeless meditation on chance, suffering, and the improbable glory of life.

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Regina Spektor Reads “The Everyday Enchantment of Music” by Mark Strand
Regina Spektor Reads “The Everyday Enchantment of Music” by Mark Strand

“A rough sound was polished until it became a smoother sound, which was polished until it became music.”

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Denise Levertov on Making Art Amid Chaos and the Artist’s Task to Awaken Society’s Sleepers
Denise Levertov on Making Art Amid Chaos and the Artist’s Task to Awaken Society’s Sleepers

“I long for poems of an inner harmony in utter contrast to the chaos in which they exist. Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock.”

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Meryl Streep Reads “Morning Song” by Sylvia Plath
Meryl Streep Reads “Morning Song” by Sylvia Plath

A paean and requiem for new parenthood — the love, the strangeness, the surreal and magnetic disorientation of it.

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Audre Lorde on the Indivisibility of Identity and the Importance of Arts Education and Arts Funding
Audre Lorde on the Indivisibility of Identity and the Importance of Arts Education and Arts Funding

“The shortest statement of philosophy I have is my living, or the word ‘I.’”

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How to Vacation Like a Poet: A Postcard from Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott
How to Vacation Like a Poet: A Postcard from Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott

Hand-drawn cartography of the land of rum-this and rum-that.

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